Australia and New Zealand will go up against each other on June 28 (Saturday) at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. It will be a replication of the last World Cup’s final and the Kiwis will be desperate for revenge and book their semifinal berth.
Australia have been a dominant side except for the game against India. The team have functioned like a well-oiled machine with each player backing the other. While skipper Aaron Finch and David Warner have led the batting, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins have taken the onus on themselves in the bowling department. To top that, Jason Behrendorff’s form will bring the flexibility in Australia’s line-up who will look to continue the winning run.
On the other hand, New Zealand will be desperate for the two points to make an entry to the top-four of the tournament. Their unbeaten run ended in the last match when Kane Williamson & Co went down against Pakistan. The Black Caps will look to regroup themselves and come back harder in their game against the defending champions. Tomorrow’s game might see a ring of changes in their line-up with the openers completely out of form. Trent Boult and Matt Henry has also been out of form with the new ball and will hope to bounce back ahead of the business end.
Date and Venue: Australia vs New Zealand, June 29 (Saturday) at 6:00 PM IST, at Lord’s in London
Predicted Playing XI
Australia: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk)
New Zealand: Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (c), Colin de Grandhomme, Henry Nicholls, Trent Boult, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Matt Henry, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson
Head to Head in World Cup
World Cup Head to Head
Teams batting first have won each of the last three ODIs at Lord’s and both captains, considering their strong bowling attacks, will look to bat first and back themselves to defend any total on Saturday.
It has been bright and sunny in London since the last two days. With temperatures set to rise to as high as 32 degrees, London might feel even more out of place on Saturday. It’ll be a different setting at Lord’s as well, with this only the second-ever ODI to be played under lights at St John’s Wood.
Australia have dominated New Zealand so far in the World Cup winning seven of the ten games they played so far. The Aussies defeated the Kiwis the last time they met each other during the 2015 World Cup final to win the trophy for the fifth time.
It will be an intense clash when these two neighbouring countries go up against each other. Both the teams have only lost one game each so far in the tournament and have looked dominant in their campaign. But Australia going by their recent form and team combination will start ahead of the New Zealand team at Lord’s.